The cricketers looked bored and jaded, standing in front of the dressing rooms at the Eden Gardens on Sunday morning. Despite the fact that their training was shifted from the Jadavpore University campus ground at the Salt Lake campus and scheduled to take place at the Eden Gardens, Bengal cricketers were stranded as they had to wait for around two hours to start their training. The team will be kicking off in the Ranji Trophy on 8th October.
The skipper of Bengal Laxmi Ratan Shukla looked visibly upset when he said, “It has been tiresome for all of us to wait for two hours.” The reason behind the cricketers’ waiting for two hours was that the wicket where the Bengal cricketers would train was wet. Newly selected CAB president Sourav Ganguly was also present at the ground and discussed with the pitch curator Prabir Mukherjee on the issue. Bengal coach Sairaj Bahutule also regretted saying, “We were doing our training at the Jadavpore University campus ground at Salt Lake. But today, it was shocking to wait for more than one hour for the training.”
Meanwhile, the selectors of Bengal senior cricket team seem to be disappointed with the delay of payment of their salary. The CAB president although revealed that the selectors’ checks had already been signed and it would reach the selectors within couple of days, one of the senior selectors spoke on condition of anonymity saying, “But all of the selectors of the senior Bengal squad had been promised by the then CAB join-secretary Sourav Ganguly that the checks would reach us within the first week of September. But the month is going to be over and we are yet to receive our due salary.”